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The International Coffee Agreement 2007

The European Community is a member of the International Coffee Organization and a signatory to the International Coffee Agreement 2007 aiming to encourage the sustainable development of the coffee sector worldwide in economic, social and environmental terms.


Council Decision 2008/579/EC of 16 June 2008 on the signing and conclusion on behalf of the European Community of the International Coffee Agreement 2007 [Official Journal L 186 of 15.7.2008].

International Coffee Agreement 2007 (pdf ).


The European Community is a member of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) as an international institution along with 31 importing countries and 45 exporting countries. Signed by the 77 members of the ICO, the International Coffee Agreement 2007 aims to enhance and promote the sustainable development of the worldwide coffee sector through the following measures:

  • promoting international cooperation on coffee matters;
  • providing a forum for consultation among governments and with the private sector;
  • encouraging signatories to develop a sustainable coffee sector in economic, social and environmental terms;
  • seeking a balance between supply and demand and fair pricing for both consumers and producers;
  • facilitating the expansion and transparency of international coffee trade and promoting the elimination of trade barriers;
  • collecting, disseminating and publishing economic, technical and scientific information, statistics and studies on coffee-related issues;
  • promoting the development of consumption and markets for all types of coffee, including in coffee-producing countries;
  • developing and seeking finance for projects that benefit the world coffee economy;
  • promoting coffee quality with a view to enhancing customer satisfaction and benefits to producers;
  • supporting the development of food safety procedures in the sector;
  • supporting the development of strategies to enhance the capacity of small-scale farmers to benefit from coffee production, which can contribute to poverty alleviation;
  • facilitating the availability of information on financial tools and services that can assist producers.

In this context, the agreement stipulates that Members must try to limit tariff-related and regulatory barriers to coffee consumption such as preferential tariffs, quotas, government monopolies and subsidies. They must also give due consideration to the sustainable management of coffee resources, in accordance with the principles and objectives on sustainable development contained in Agenda 21, and the improvement of the standard of living and working conditions of populations engaged in the coffee sector.

The agreement also requires that each exporting Member implement the system of Certificates of Origin established by the ICC to facilitate the collection of statistics on the international coffee trade, and furnish to the ICC any information it judges necessary relating to production, imports, exports, consumption and prices.

Matters governed by the agreement fall within the exclusive competence of the European Community under the common commercial policy.


The International Coffee Agreement 2007 is the seventh agreement of its kind to be signed since 1962 by members of the International Coffee Organization. A previous agreement was signed in 2001. The agreement remains in force for a period of 10 years unless it is extended or terminated before it expires.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

EC Decision 2008/579



OJ L 186 of 15.7.2008

Last updated: 19.09.2008

See also

For more information, visit the International Coffee Organization web site:

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